round these parts

round these parts

 

round these parts

 

round these parts

   

Goodness the last few days flew by.

We're getting back into our regular rhythm after the holidays. The big boy went back to Hogwarts after a month long break. Theater, music & writing practices have resumed for the others and each day is buzzing along. Joe is learning the banjo and brewing up a storm. He just finished up a delicious vanilla porter and bottled two batches of red wine. I love the uneven recycled bottles all lined up on our table.

He & Sophia recently built & painted a ukulele which turned out really, really adorable. I love that the two of them collaborated on this project.

 

round these parts

 

round these parts

 

round these parts

 

round these parts

 

The garden is humming along and providing us with salads, greens and herbs. I've been cutting back the cilantro as fast as it grows and tossing it {and parsley} into everything I cook. Oh sweet little winter garden, how I do love thee.

I'm looking forward to starting this next week and have been drooling over the classes available here. {especially the fall & sea sessions} I won't be headed there this year, but I do have a wishful list of online classes. You can check out the bios on the SAW teachers to find some really amazing online courses.

So I guess that's a little bit of what's going on round these parts.

How about yours?

 

16 thoughts on “round these parts

  1. This week here in Cordova, lots of shoveling and finally a chance to take a big breath and say WOW. I’m looking forward to Monday to look through all of the classes that SAW will be offering and checking out the ones that will be online. I think they will be a great way to start this new year. Thanks for sharing them. I’m also laughing to myself, knowing that in 5 months when you are in Cordova, there will still be plenty of snow for you all to play in. Thanks to everyong for your support and prayers to Cordova.

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  2. I saw cordova on the news yesterday! Oh my goodness, dry weather wishes for everone up there.
    oh, i’m stll drooling over the by the sea one. Can’t wait to hear about that workshop. I was reading up on that one earlier this week and thought it was fascinating!

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  3. Welcome back. I so look forward to your wonderful blog.
    A picture says 1,000 words. Great job on those.
    Your winter garden looks wonderful. It is so great to see the beautiful green.

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  4. Oh, that garden! It’s 25* Celsius below zero today, which is COLD even by Canadian standards. I’m just dreaming of greens as the snow cushions the world outside. Your garden gave my eyes a happy dose of GREEN! And vanilla porter? Oh dear…I’m drooling!

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  5. The shoveling has been incredible!! I've been watching it via facebook. wow! The kids will be in love with the snow…. even the old brownish stuff melting away! We're looking forward to this summers trip very much. xoxo

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  6. Thank you 🙂 The green is like a little smile every morning when I check on it. We've had to cover the lettuce a few times but everything else loves this cool weather. ANd I love walking out to the driveway to cut some fresh herbs for dinner. Such a luxury!

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  7. BRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!! I'm such a wimp after being in the south for nearly three years. I'm going to freeze my tush off when we move from here. Some neighbors of ours were just in MN for a conference and it was 6 below. They're born & raised Lousianans….. they were freezing!

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  8. ooooh, wine!! Our mister brews, but we’ve yet to try wine. Let us know how it goes- all my friends who’ve attempted wine have said it comes out tremendously sour, not that they were anything beyond novices. We live in coastal WA, and the blackberries are abundant for the gathering. What kind of wine did you make?
    Reb

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  9. Hey…. thanks for taking the time to say hello. With red wine we've bought wine quality grape juice from brew stores. For about $60 you end up with 30 bottles of really good wine. So far we've only made true homemade wine from strawberries…. which was amazing! We're currently looking at a PILE of local citrus and debating a citrus based wine. I'm thinking it would make some super kick butt sangria this summer! I know there are additives to make a wine drier (tannins in tablet form?) this made our strawberry wine dry and not too sweet, but definitely not sour. It was delicious! The only homemade wines I've had are syrupy sweet…. maybe our friends should combine recipes 😉 Our favorite reds are blends, barolo & syrah and chardonnay for white. Happy brewing to you!

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